Democratic Republic of Congo
Why we work there
DRC is one of the world's poorest countries with 63% of the population living below the poverty line. Basic infastructure is almost non-existent and it can be impossible to travel across the country. Civil war remains the main barrier to growth and the general lawlessness discourages investment despite DRCs huge natural resources.
One of the key indicators of a country suffering appalling hardship is the life expectancy of its population and the number of people who reach old age. Below is the figure for DRC and you will see that over 60% of the population is below 24. Compare the figures to the UK to see how dramatic this is.
0-14 years: 42.65% 17.37%
15-24 years: 21.41% 12.41%
25-54 years: 29.75% 40.91%
55-64 years: 3.56% 11.58%
65+ years: 2.63% 17.73%
Infant mortality is one of highest in the world:
71.47/per 1000 of the population
4.38/per 1000 UK
Life expectancy is just 56 years compared to 81 in the UK.
Despite all of this, the people of DRC are determined to change and see their country prosper again. The community spirit and faith of the people are helping to bring genuine change to the country. Tools with a Mission is partnering with organisations across DRC who want to transform lives through community projects, church partnerships and training facilities.
What we do
We send 40 foot HiCube containers, the largest available, packed with tools and equipment to go to DRC. In addition we supply goods to other charities sending goods out independently. Our main partner is based in Lubumbashi. One of the challenges of DRC is the lack of electricty, so manual sewing machines are a key tool required. Where there is power, there is a chronic lack of computers and literally hundreds are requested.
Many of our tools support community based projects and we get lots of requests for industrial sewing machines and equipment. With such a young population there is an urgent need to provide employment and the hope that life in the DRC is worth living.
The difference we make
Working alongside our partners we strive to bring transformation through livelihood creation. Transforming one life, will transform the future of the whole family, which in turn will transform the potential of the whole community. A young person trained to build homes and given a TWAM builders kit, going back to his community will bring dramatic change.
All country statistics, information and maps are reproduced with the help of the CIA Worldfact book.